Archive | May, 2010

City Lays Off 700 to Cut Budget Deficit

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $6.7 billion budget on Monday that eliminates a $485 million deficit and will preserve most city services at current levels. The budget calls for layoffs of approximately 761 employees, but officials will be working with a coalition of unions representing city employees to try to reduce that number. [...] [...more]

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Bike Week Begins with Blessings

Hundreds of cyclists received blessings from Rev. Jerry Anderson, chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital, during the annual “Blessing of the Bicycles” event held at the hospital on Tuesday. The event was part of Los Angeles Bike Week, which features activities designed to encourage people to use bicycles for transportation. The Blessing of the Bicycles has [...] [...more]

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Celebrations Mark First Annual Harvey Milk Day

This Saturday, a variety of activities are going on across the city in honor of the first Harvey Milk Day, the California state holiday honoring the late gay rights leader, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law last year. The City of West Hollywood was an early proponent of a holiday in Milk’s honor, and [...] [...more]

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DWP Calls for Odd-Even Watering Restrictions

Many Los Angeles residents may have to change the days they water their lawns under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (DWP) Board of Commissioners. The plan is designed to reduce pressure fluctuation in water mains, and came as a result of the numerous pipe ruptures that occurred [...] [...more]

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Volunteers Pitch In to Spruce Up Melrose

More than 500 people cleaned up trash, painted over graffiti and made other improvements in the Melrose Avenue shopping district on May 16 as part of a community-wide effort organized by the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch. The event ran from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Melrose Avenue, between La Brea and Fairfax Avenues, and participants fanned [...] [...more]

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Plummer Park Project Moves Forward

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday certified the environmental impact report for the Plummer Park capital improvement project, clearing the way for the city to begin architectural plans that will guide the park’s transformation. Plans call for major improvements, including renovating Fiesta Hall into a 99-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility; construction of a 179-space [...] [...more]

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Past History of Big-Hearted Thief Revealed in ‘Robin Hood’

In the wake of the superhero trend, we have “Robin Hood”, the original caped crusader, showing privileged England what a little financial reallocation can do for the peasants. Sure, I fell in love with the campy “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman, but this isn’t the story of a vigilante [...] [...more]

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Woman Dies in Hollywood Overdose

Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Homicide detectives arrested a suspect who is believed to be responsible for the death of a 21-year-old woman. On May 8 at 10:50pm, officers from the Hollywood Patrol Division responded to a radio call of an “overdose” that occurred in the 1300 block of North Sycamore Avenue. Paramedics from the [...] [...more]

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Gang-related Stabbing Nearly Proves Deadly

Los Angeles police are investigating a near-fatal stabbing that occurred in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 8.  The unidentified Hispanic man, estimated to be in his thirties, is currently on life support in the intensive care unit of a local hospital. At 3:30pm, more than a half-dozen Hispanic men in their twenties surrounded the [...] [...more]

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Man Molests Teens on Metro Buses

A Los Angeles man was charged on May 7 with sexually assaulting five teenage girls and an adult woman on MTA buses over the past four months. Allegedly, Larry Delve Mims, 29, assaulted the victims between January 11 and May 5, when he was arrested by Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives. The teen victims were high [...] [...more]

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